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  1. My fish had the same bumps yours appear to have. Originally I tried the salting and all of that but the bumps just kept growing and one even popped but never got better. Eventually I just fed them the anti parasitic food for a week (or whatever the directions on the container were) and the bumps shrunk an eventually disappeared over a month.
  2. I can start the salting process tomorrow morning. I've done it before and am prety familiar with it. I was actually going to go to the pet store and pick up some of the jungle meds just so I could start it right away. Should I just get the anti bacterial meds? Could this be caused by a parasite at all? I looked online and all of the pictures showed that the ulcers were open. These are not open at all. I can see the red circle under the scales but the scales are all intact and the fish are acting normaly.
  3. Hi all. Here is my info. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - 0 * Nitrite Level - 0 * Nitrate level - 5ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API Drops * Water temperature? 70 * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 75 gal running for about a year * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Flueval 350 * How often do you change the water and how much? Every Sunday - around 75% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? Sunday and almost all of the water. I scrubbed the tank down and cleaned the filter as well as the gravel. I also pulled out all of the plants and rinsed them out to make sure there wasn't any gunk hidden anywhere. * How many fish in the tank and their size? I'm down to 3 comets now, one died this morning and they are all from 4-5 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Prime water conditioner * What do you feed your fish and how often? I was feeding gel food until last week when I switched to Hikari goldfish food. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? No * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Nothing in the last year * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? I just found red spots on the 3 remaining fish this morning. This is the first I have seen of this. I have included a picture of the fish that shows the most round red spots. It almost looks like one fish was sucking on the other but I have been watching them and this hasn't happened. The other fish just have a couple of red spots on each side but the spots are small, like the size of a period. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? The comet that died this morning has been bottom sitting for about a week. I only treated with water changes and the upgrade to commercial food. I believed that he was malnourished but that was not the case. He never had any physical symptoms therefore I didn't know what to treat for. I also had a black moor die two weeks ago but that came out of the blue. It seemed like one day he was happily swimming and the next he was dead. What I've done so far: I thought the fish were dying from the food quality so once the black moor passed, I put my remaining Oranda in a 20 gal on his own so that I could control his food better. At this point I tore apart the 75 gal to make sure it was truly clean and this was all on Wednesday when I started worrying about the comet.
  4. I started out with fancy gold fish in a bowl when I was younger, a beta in a separate bowl and a 10 gallon full of mollies. I’m not sure how I talked my parents into getting all that but I did. Then years went by and about 5 years ago I got a beta for my desk at work. The company changed its policy and I had to take him home where I added some snails and upgraded him to a 10 gallon tank. The snails took over and I replaced the tank and all the decorations and the tank in order to get rid of them. So once the old tank was cleaned and had dried out for a few months I gave it to my boyfriend. He wanted feeder fish because, “he didn’t want anything fancy, just plain old goldfish was good enough for him.” A few months later they all moved in with me and one of the fish got sick. I joined this forum and found out that I was doing it all wrong. So now I have a 75 gal for the 4 original comets, 1 20 gallon tank for the oranda I purchased before I realized they didn’t do well with comets and a 5 gallon tank I bought for my latest beta today. At this point I’ve decided to do nothing else with the tanks until the fish pass on. If the oranda goes then I am turning his 20 gallon into a black molly tank. Same if all of the comets go but to the 75 gallon in that case. At this point all of the goldfish are about 3.5 years old though so I hope it will be a very long time until anything changes.
  5. I may try the colender idea. Is it pretty easy to catch them? I've never tried it and my tank is kinda huge. Cleaning time usually involves a chair since I'm short. Could I just do it in a large fish net? I have a canopy thing on top and it makes it hard to get big things into the tank. I think getting a colender in there would involve taking the top apart.
  6. I have tried frozen foods and I get the same result. I haven't tried agar agar though. That may work. The first batch I made did have some regular fish food in it, I thought having just a bit would be fine but Fernando wouldn't have it. Is it possible that orandas need less proteins that Comets? I do have a 20 galon for my betta that I could put the oranda in and just drastically downsize the betta but Charlie loves his home and I always feel bad when I see fish in tiny little tanks.
  7. Hey guys, I know I haven’t been on here in a couple of months but my fish are starting to act weird so I thought I would get your opinion. I currently have 4 comets and 1 oranda. My black moor passed away last week with no warning. They are currently in a 75 gallon tank that has been set up for over a year. I checked the water parameters and everything seems fine and I change 75% of the water weekly so that tends to stay good. The question is weather you think their diet could be making them sick. The oranda can’t have anything but jell food made out of peas and green beans. Since I don’t have room for another tank, I have to have them all together. I have tried feeding everything including spirulina flakes and the oranda ends up stuck at the top of the water struggling to get down. So I’m wondering if the lack of protein can end up hurting the comets. My favorite one that is about 4 inches long has just been hanging out at the bottom a lot. He doesn’t have clamped fins and nothing looks strange about him, he just isn’t as perky. I gave them actual fish food last night (Hikari fancy goldfish) and this morning he looked much better. Is it better to feed them the good stuff once a week and let the oranda suffer or do you think it’s a different problem? Thanks, Carmen
  8. I belive there is an article on this site that adresses how to properly cycle a tank when it is fishless. You still have to do some work when doing a fishless cycle. Just putting water in the tank and letting it run isn't enough. I've never done it though so I can't really give any advise on it.
  9. Just had to add my two cents. I totally understand what you are going through. When I first started with mine I had no idea what I was doing and I had a problem fish that stayed sick for almost 3 months. Thanks to him I learned how to take care of fish and I've managed to keep all of my original fish so hang in there. The swimming without going anywhere thing is just something fish do. My black moor does it when he is sleeping. I can tell cause he won't notice it when I go up to the tank and when he is awake he darts right over. I also have an Oranda that I had floaty issues with. Thanks to him I have to feed them peas and bloodworms and nothing else. Anyway, the oranda is always bottom sitting. Since he spent a couple months floating to the top and not being able to stay on the bottom it's his "safe spot". Your may be the same. He wasn't feeling good and got comfy on the bottom and now just likes to stay there. You really can?t over condition. I always use enough for the whole tank even though I only change out ? the water at a time so don?t worry about that. When I was having major issues I used to do 50% ? 75% water changes a day. I know money can be tight but if you can afford a siphon that hooks directly into the sink it will save you tons of time. Mine was only $25 but it cut water changes down to 10 min from start to finish in my ten gallon. Now that I?ve upgraded to a 75 gallon I can?t imagine doing water changes without it. For now just try the major daily water changes for at least the next few days. Then you can have a better idea about how healthy they are and how much more money you want to invest. Good luck and I wish you the best
  10. I'm so sorry your dealing with the floaty issues. I have a fish that has had problems with them for the last few months. What has worked for about the last month is the following diet. I feed peas one day, blanched cucumber the next, bloodworms then repeat followed by a fast day. I actually boiled all of the cucumber at once then cut into slices and froze them in an ice tray. When I feed one I usually leave it in the tank on a clip untill its gone which usually takes about 2 days. It really seems like not enough food but they are still growing and pooping all the time. Plus Fernando hasn't floated at all this year As for giving up on goldfish, if you love them I think you should stick with them, but stay with comets, they are hardy little guys that seldom have problems when they are in a good clean tank. And I?m sure the floaty isn?t your fault. I was just at a pet store and saw a huge, gorgeous oranda that couldn?t get to the bottom.
  11. Single tails are pretty amazing. I've had my 4 for around 3 years and I knew nothing about keeping them when I first got them. Now that they are in a 75 gal they are growing and happy all around. It's the two fancies that I've done almost everything right with that keep giving me issues.
  12. Here are some pics of my fishies. Ever since I put them on a veggie during the day and bloodworms a night diet they have been super happy. No more floaty issues! Sorry about the blurry pics but all I have is a cellphone to take them with. Here are some picks of the tank This is Ninja and he definately lives up to his name Fernando and his "Give me food now?" face Ninja hanging out with the commets.
  13. I did finally check my nitrate level last night and it showed 5ppm and my nitrite and ammonia were both at 0. I did just drain my tank completely to move it Wed night so that may have something to do with it but at this point I am going to try a mostly veggie diet with pro gold maybe twice a week. Should peas, zucchini,cucumber, and spinach cover their needs along with the pellets?
  14. Thank you so much Stakos you have been a great help. Now if only I could sneak out of work to test my water
  15. I'm actually a second shifter and bought the test on my way to work but I will be testing it at 12am then doing around a 25% water change. I've been thinking about doing 2 25% changes a week instead of the over 50% I've been doing weekly to see if it helps. If my nitrates are high is there anything I can do to lower them or at least keep them from getting so high aside from water changes? If I'm reading the websites correctly then it implies that I have an estabished tank where the waste from the fish is eaten by the microbes that then produce the nitrates so getting a stronger filter won't necessaraly correct the problem right? I only have a fluval 350 canister right now which is why I've been doing massive weekly water changes and just want to streatch it to tax time before getting another canister filter. Now I'm wondering if that will even help keep the tank cleaner.
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